How to Make Origami Paper Ducks

Updated April 17, 2017

Origami makes for a satisfying craft project that requires minimal supplies and produces quick results. Creating an origami duck is feasible for beginners who are new to the art of paper folding. Origami ducks can make for a fitting accessory to any spring-themed project. Add these paper ducks to your next spring table or seasonal gift wrapping.

Lay the origami paper in front of you with the white side up.

Fold the paper in half on the diagonal. You should now have a triangle shape.

Unfold the paper and lay it out in front of you, white side up, in the shape of a diamond.

Fold both the left and right corners of the diamond flush against the centre crease. You should now have an irregular diamond shape that resembles a paper aeroplane.

Fold the bottom corner upward and flush against the top corner of your shape. This portion will become the head of the duck.

Fold the duck's head, the top corner you just folded in Step 5, back downward so that it rests flush against the bottom edge of your shape and unfold.

Fold the top corner of the duck's head downward and flush against the new crease you just created in Step 6.

Fold the tip of the duck's head upward, using about 1/3 of the length of the head, to create the duck's bill.

Fold the head downward over the body using the existing crease and turn the paper over.

Fold the shape in half using the existing vertical crease.

Lift the head of the duck gently upward from the body and smooth down a new crease on the front side of the duck to hold the head in place above the body.

Fold the duck's bottom half upward and over itself to create the wings, and repeat on the other side. Be careful to create a flat level edge at the bottom of the duck.

Lift the duck's head gently so that it is sitting at a 90 degree angle and smooth out a new crease at the back of the head to hold it in place.

Insert your finger between the bottom folds of the duck's body to spread out the fold and create a base for the duck to sit upright on.


If you want your duck to be all the same colour, use a piece of paper that is coloured identically on both sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Origami paper
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